Open Enrollment - Important Dates

Medical Plan:

Enrollment: All registered, degree-seeking students must maintain health insurance coverage while enrolled at Rice University. Therefore, all *students are required to take action during the open enrollment period to enroll in the Rice Student Health Insurance Plan, administered by Aetna Student Health, OR complete a waiver by demonstrating comparable insurance coverage that meets Rice’s requirements.
To enroll in coverage due to a qualifying life event, please email

Important: If you do not take action to enroll in or waive the student insurance plan prior to the deadline, you will be automatically enrolled into the insurance plan and responsible for the full premium amount. Once enrolled, you will be unable to cancel coverage or request a refund for any reason. *Students enrolled in an online program, hybrid program, or the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies (excluding the students enrolled in the MAT for new teachers program) are not eligible for Student Health Insurance or required to submit a waiver.

Note: All Rice-sponsored F-1 and J-1 International Students are required to enroll in either the Aetna Student Health Insurance plan or Rice's approved Alternative Insurance Plan for International Students by Student Assurance Services (SAS). For all questions regarding your Visa status, please contact the Office of International Students and Scholars.

Updates/ Events

You can access and print your web medical ID by clicking on the link located below in the Helpful Links section, downloading the Aetna mobile app, or by logging into the Aetna's Your Member Website. If you would like a physical medical card, please contact Aetna Member Services to request that your medical ID card be mailed to your address on file.

    Contact Us

    We are located on the 3rd floor of the Cambridge Office Building. Click here for detailed directions.

    Office Hours
    Monday - Friday
    9:00am – 4:00pm




    Aetna Contacts

    For plan specific and network provider questions, please contact Aetna Student Health directly at 1-877-375-7908 or click here to visit the website.

    If your doctor’s office is closed and you do not know whether your condition is life threatening, you can call one of the Nurse Health Lines listed below. This is a free service available 24/7. You will be able to speak to a trained Nurse that can advise you on the best place to seek treatment based on your symptoms.

    Aetna Nurse Health Hotline:
    1-800-556-1555 (ONLY available to students enrolled in the Aetna insurance plan)

    Memorial Hermann Nurse Health Line:
    713-338-7979 or Toll Free at 1-855-577-7979

    Rice Contacts

    Rice Student Health Services:
    (713) 348-4966

    RUPD/Rice EMS:
    (713) 348-6000

    Wellbeing and Counseling Center:
    (713) 348-3311